Practice Report 3/25

It was a windy, but sunny day at the LaBar Practice Complex on Wednesday as Notre Dame held its fourth day of spring practice and second with full pads. The media was allowed to view the first 20 minutes and as always, Irish Eyes was on hand.

Joe Montana was at practice again today as were ESPN.com college football writer Ivan Maisel and former Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville, who is in town as a speaker at this weekend's coaches clinic.

George West, Kerry Neal, Trevor Robinson, Taylor Dever, E.J. Banks, Anthony McDonald and Darius Fleming were not dressed in full gear.

Head coach Charlie Weis seems to be walking better each day.

When the defense broke from stretching, it immediately did a pursuit drill. Weis looked on from his golf cart and took jabs at both the players and the student managers carrying the ball.

The first unit of the regular defense consisted of Robert Blanton, Raeshon McNeil, Kyle McCarthy, Harrison Smith, Brian Smith, Toryan Smith, Scott Smith, Kapron Lewis-Moore, Ethan Johnson, Ian Williams and John Ryan.

The second unit was Darrin Walls, Jamoris Slaughter, Sergio Brown, Dan McCarthy, David Posluszny, Steve Filer, Zeke Motta, Emeka Nwankwo, Hafis Williams, Brandon Newman and Morrice Richardson.

Tyler Stockton ran with the third unit and looked impressive chasing down the ball carrier way downfield from the backside.

When Notre Dame brought in its first nickel package, Brown replaced Scott Smith and Richardson came in to play end while Lewis-Moore shifted inside to replace Ian Williams.

Ray Herring came in as the extra defensive back in the second nickel package, replacing Motta while Filer and Posluszny stayed at linebacker.

After the pursuit drill ended, defensive line coach Randy Hart put his group through a contact drill. The drill featured three players rotating in a circle hitting each other and appeared to be designed to work on taking on two blockers.

Banks watched as the defensive backs went through backpedal drills, but Fleming went through the individual linebacker drills despite not being fully dressed.

Over at tight end, Joseph Fauria looks like he has added some weight and just seems more sturdy and solid.

Paul Duncan is working with the first group at left tackle.

Some comments from offensive line coach Frank Verducci:

"Come on Lane [Clelland], get your hands working."

"That's it Braxston [Cave]."

To Eric Olsen: "That's better."


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